Published DateGILMANTON — Dorothy J. Woodhams, 85, of 134 Guinea Ridge Road Gilmanton, N.H. died at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia, N.H. on Saturday February 9, 2013.
Dorothy was born on December 11, 1927 in E.Holden, Maine, the daughter of Emma Louise (Pottle) and Ralph Bennoch. She lived in Parsonsfield, Maine prior to moving to Gilmanton,N.H. seven years ago. Dorothy worked at the Wrentham State School for seventeen years, then held several other jobs in Massachusetts before retiring in 1988, and moving to Parsonsfield, Maine.
Dorothy was a spiritual member of the Methodist Church in Parsonsfield, Maine. She loved her family and was a devoted Mom. She enjoyed knitting, baking (especially her delicious raisin cookies and blueberry muffins) for her family and friends. She loved caring for animals and walking her dogs, as well as gardening and blueberry picking. She is described as a caring, selfless person, who was quiet and giving and asked for nothing in return. She was also known for being a great neighbor, who always was willing to help others in their time of need. She was active with the food pantry in Parsonsfield, Maine and the local animal shelter as well as volunteering at the library.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of sixty years, John G. Woodhams of Wrentham, Massachusetts, one son, Ralph Woodhams and his wife Linda of Plainville, Massachusetts, three daughters, Linda Kempton and her husband Arthur of Gilmanton, New Hampshire, Carol Feehan and her husband Greg of Bedford, New Hampshire, and Cathy McPherson and her husband Jim of Windham, Maine. She also leaves behind a sister Edna Hamor of Attleboro, Massachusetts, a brother Ralph Bennoch and his wife Marion of Ellsworth, Maine, and a very close friend who Dorothy loved as a daughter, Lisa Landry of Lakeport, New Hampshire. She also leaves behind nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Dorothy was predeceased by her brother Wesley Bennoch, her sister Alice Bennoch and her grandson Jeffrey Woodhams.
There will be no calling hours. A spring burial will be held at the Springbrook Cemetery in Mansfield, Massachusetts. For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to an animal shelter or humane society of one's choice.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an on line memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com